Searching the Spontaneous Flora

by Matt McDermitt, Curatorial Assistant
February 12, 2018

Searching the Spontaneous Flora

Lilium superbum herbarium specimen

A “spontaneous” plant is defined as one that grows and reproduces without human care or intent. In the early twentieth century, Arnold Arboretum botanist Ernest Jesse Palmer collected over 2,000 herbarium specimens to represent the spontaneous plants that occurred on the Arboretum grounds. Palmer wanted to know how spontaneous vegetation reacted to the drastic changes […]

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A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 4, 2017

Maps tell a story

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2017

Old is new again: Meet the new James Arnold Mansion

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 3, 2017

Old is new again: Meet the new James Arnold Mansion

James Arnold Mansion

The Restoration of the James Arnold Mansion James Arnold (1781-1868), in whose honor our institution and grounds are named, was a successful whaling merchant who made a generous bequest to be used for “…the promotion of Agricultural, or Horticultural improvements.” During early 1872, Harvard College combined Arnold’s gift with 123 acres of land donated by […]

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Torch Azaleas on Bussey Hill near South Street, 1940

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 12, 2016

Torch Azaleas on Bussey Hill near South Street, 1940

Bussey Hill, spring, South Street, 1940

Bussey Hill, spring, South Street, 1940 Alternate Title: Torch Azaleas (Rhododendron kaempferi) near South Street Photographer unknown Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 1940 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Bussey Hill formed the nucleus of The Arnold Arboretum in 1872. The 118-acre estate […]

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New book explores the history of the Arnold Arboretum in photographs

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
March 24, 2016

New book explores the history of the Arnold Arboretum in photographs

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On Monday, March 21, Arcadia Publishers released the latest volume in their long-running Images of America series—Arnold Arboretum by Lisa Pearson. The 128-page book features nearly 200 historical black and white images that tell the story of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, from its days as the colonial era estate of Benjamin […]

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Bussey Hill Road construction, fall 1890

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 1, 2015

Bussey Hill Road construction, fall 1890

Ground prepared and marked for the construction of Bussey Hill Road

Roads, fall, Bussey Hill Road, construction, 1890 Alternate Title: Ground prepared and marked for the construction of Bussey Hill Road Photograph by Boston Parks Commission, Boston, MA, United States Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States October 1890 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. The […]

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